Peter Cole


Peter Cole is the author of two collections of poetry, Rift (Station Hill Press, 1989) and Hymns & Qualms (Sheep Meadow Press, 1997), and has published nine books of translation from Hebrew and Arabic poetry and prose. He has received numerous awards, including the Times Literary Supplement’s 2001 Jewish Book Council Porjes Translation prize forSelected Poems of Solomon Ibn Gabirol (Princeton) and the Modern Language Association-Scaglione Translation Prize for Selected Poems of Shmuel HaNagid (Princeton). He has been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts. He lives in Jerusalem. 

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Sunday, 19 February 2012

Whether or not Robert Frost ever said it, just about everyone assumes that poetry is in fact what is lost in translation. MacArthur-winning poet and translator Peter Cole put his head into the lion’s mouth of assumptions like this one, he conducted a master class on literary translation and looked at what is actually going on behind the translation of certain poems. 


Friday, 2 March 2007

Peter Cole presents his anthology, The Dream of the Poem: Hebrew Poetry from Muslim and Christian Spain, 950-1492, arguably the most powerful body of Jewish poetry written since the Bible. Fusing elements of East and West, Arabic and Hebrew, the particular and the universal, this verse embodies an extraordinary sensuality and intense faith that transcend the limits of language, place, and time. Cole read from the anthology and also spoke about the ways in which this often startling poetry relates to readers today.


Sunday, 2 March 2003

In ‘Publisher Sans Frontières’ renowned actors Samuel West and Catherine Kanter thrilled the audience with readings of a selection of English translations of Hebrew and Arabic literature. The readings came from recent publications produced by Ibis Editions, a Jerusalem-based press dedicated to the publication in English of Levant-related literature.

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